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Qatar’s winning World Cup bid has been shrouded in controversy.AFPShareShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on Google+Share on RedditEmail a friendA SUM of $2 million was sent to the 10-year-old daughter of a FIFA official prior to Qatar being awarded the hosting of the 2022 Football World Cup, according to Bild. The German newspaper is publishing from Tuesday American independent investigator Michael Garcia’s report into alleged bribery and corruption during the bidding for the hosting of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.In an extract of the article released on Tuesday (AEST), the popular tabloid claims to have got hold of the report of more than 400 pages which has never been properly published by world football’s governing body.According to Bild, in the report Garcia reveals that “a former executive committee member congratulated members of the Qatari federation and thanked them by mail for a transfer of several hundred thousand euros” just after Qatar was awarded the 2022 tournament.“Two million dollars from an unknown source arrived in the savings account of the 10-year-old daughter of a FIFA member,” add Bild.The newspaper adds that “three executive members of FIFA with the right to vote went to a party in Rio de Janeiro in a private jet belonging to the Qatari federation before the vote to decide who would host the competition”.Khalifa International Stadium, the first completed 2022 FIFA World Cup venue, was built this year.Khalifa International Stadium, the first completed 2022 FIFA World Cup venue, was built this year.Source:Getty ImagesThe Aspire Academy in Qatar, one of the biggest sports academies in the world, was also “implicated in a decisive manner in the manipulation of FIFA members who had the right to vote”, the paper adds.Qatar won the right to host the 2022 World Cup in late 2010 and the result of the vote has been the source of enormous controversy ever since.Following Garcia’s investigation, the adjudicatory chamber of FIFA’s ethics committee noted that there had been suspicious behaviour during the bidding process but not enough to call into question the decision to give Qatar the 2022 finals or Russia the 2018 tournament.
Garcia resigned as head of FIFA’s investigatory body in December 2014 in protest at what he described as FIFA’s “incomplete and erroneous” summary of his report.CALLS FOR RUSSIA TO BE STRIPPED OF WC AFTER DAMNING DOPING CLAIMSRussian President Vladimir Putin and FIFA President Gianni Infantino shake hands during the Confederations Cup. Source: APRussian President Vladimir Putin and FIFA President Gianni Infantino shake hands during the Confederations Cup. Source: APSource:APLess than a year before the country hosts the world’s biggest sporting event, Russia’s football team has been plunged into a doping scandal.British newspaper The Mail on Sunday wrote that the Russian players are being probed by FIFA as part of a broader scandal over allegations of state-backed doping in the country.The allegations have led to calls for Russia to be stripped of hosting the FIFA World Cup, which kicks off next June.But Russian deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko on Sunday shrugged off a report that the country’s entire 2014 World Cup squad was under FIFA investigation for doping.Mutko — who also heads the country’s football authorities — blasted the report as “nonsense” and insisted that there has never been any problem with doping in the Russian game.And FIFA insisted all players including all of the Russian squad underwent pre-competition and post-match tests in Brazil.“All of which resulted negative,” a spokesman for football’s governing body said.The statement added: “FIFA has simply confirmed that, in close collaboration with (World Anti Doping Agency) WADA, it is still investigating the allegations involving football players in the so-called McLaren report.“However, FIFA did not refer to any particular players, since it cannot comment on the status of ongoing investigations.”In Moscow, Mutko told TASS news agency that Russian football was clean.“There have never been and will never be any problems with doping in our football.“Our team are permanently being tested, they undergo doping tests after every match.”He added: “They (The Mail on Sunday) have written some sort of nonsense. Don’t bother reading the English newspapers in the morning.”The Mail on Sunday reported that the 2018 World Cup hosts’ squad from the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and a further 11 players are being looked into after they ended up on a list of over 1000 “people of interest” compiled by world anti-doping authorities.The article quoted a FIFA spokesman as saying that football’s governing body was “still investigating the allegations”.Russia poses for a photo before a game at the Confederations Cup this month. Source: 
<i>AFP</i>Russia poses for a photo before a game at the Confederations Cup this month. Source:
AFPSource:AFPThere is as yet no clear proof that the players were guilty of doping despite the alleged suspicions, the newspaper added.The latest claims threatens to cast a shadow as Russia hosts the Confederations Cup tournament a year ahead of the kick off of the World Cup in the country.Four of the Russian players from the 2014 World Cup squad in Rio have been involved at the Confederations Cup.Russia failed to win a game at the 2014 World Cup, drawing with South Korea and Algeria and losing to Belgium.They were knocked out in the group stage in Brazil and Fabio Capello was later sacked as manager.Russia was also eliminated from the Confederations Cup as host nation after losing to Portugal and Mexico in the group stage.The latest claims have renewed calls for Russia to lose hosting duties for the World Cup.There were calls for Russia to lose the World Cup after Russia’s state-sponsored doping during the 2012 London Olympics was reported.Last year the US Anti-Doping Agency chief executive Travis Tygart said World Cup “should be removed” as host until it could prove it was compliant with doping regulations.In The Guardian, it was reported Russia should be stripped of the World Cup after the latest claims.“There is surely enough evidence to take the World Cup away from Russia,” Seam Ingle wrote.“One look at Fifa’s president, Gianni Infantino, laughing away with Vladimir Putin at the Confederations Cup, suggests the chance of it happening are between slim and none.”Russia was earlier accused by WADA of running a state-sponsored operation across sports to aid and protect drug cheats.Most of Russia’s track-and-field team was banned from the Olympic Games in Rio over the doping scandal and its entire Paralympics squad was excluded.The allegations that football might have been involved could represent a major new twist in the doping saga and could drag in some of Russia’s highest-profile sports stars.

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